The taste of Shabbat – Ekev 5778

Rav Mordechai Elon

Our parsha, Ekev, deals with one of the more important issues in life. We live in an affluent society,
we are blessed with abundance, but this may be dangerous – as the Torah teaches us:
הֶ֔יך : וְשָֽׁכַחְתָּ֙ אֶת ה֣' אֱ , וְרָ֖ם לְבָבֶ֑
And you will have a haughty heart and forget the Lord your God
This is a critical subject, will we be able to remember Hashem who “Empowers us and gives us
strength”? Will we remember Him and not fall? Not just when we are in exile we will “suffer and
then remember all these things” but also when we are in a place with everything, will we be able to
thank God?
The Torah gives us the best possible blessings
, וְעַשְׁתְּר֣תֹ צאֹנֶ֔ , שְׁגַר אֲלָפֶ֨י ֙ , וְיִצְהָרֶ֗ , וְתִֽירשְׁ ֣ , דְּגָ֨נְ ֜ , וּפְרִֽי אַ֠דְמָתֶ֠ , פְּרִֽי בִטְנְ ֣ @ וּבֵרַ֣
And he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of the soil, your grain, wine, olive oil, live
stock and flock
Does the Torah teach us the trick how to remember God when all is ok, without having to remember
the times when we had nothing and knew we needed Him? Hashem doesn’t want us poor and
needing , he promises us that the Land is א בְמִסְכֵּנֻת֙ תּֽאֹכַל בָּ֣הּ לֶ֔חֶם : אֶ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁ֨ר ֤ A land in which we
will not eat bread as paupers , but still how can we not forget?

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